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Jan201311
08:40 AM
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Legendary NYC artist/tattooist Thom deVita (featured in a five-part series from Tattoo Age) will be a part of a major event at Kings Ave Tattoo NYC in conjunction with VICE all this weekend.  There will be an art sale of Thom's work featuring books, art boxes and stencil-rubbings - plus, Thom himself will be there all weekend! 

If that weren't enough, a crew of heavyweight artists will be tattooing on location all weekend. Scott Harrison will be there will be tattooing deVita-inspired tattoos on Saturday and Sunday and we'll witness the work process of Chris O'Donnell as well as the stellar King's Ave crew: Mike Rubendall, Grez, Brian Paul, Justin Weatherholtz, Jason Tyler Grace and Frankie Caraccioli (check out the whole Kings Ave team's portfolio here).

PLUS, should you want to get tattooed, some of the guys will be taking walk-ins all weekend and Grez will be taking walk-ins all day Sunday.

What: Thom deVita Pop Up Gallery with VICE's Tattoo Age
When: January 11th-13th
Where: King's Ave | 188 Bowery (at Spring St), NYC - 2nd floor
Time: 12-9pm daily Friday and Saturday, 1-7pm on Sunday

(Full Disclosure: Marisa and I will be there on Friday around 6pm should you want to stop in and say hello to two blogger-dorks)
Dec201221
04:12 PM


The final installment of Vice's "Tattoo Age" series focusing on Thom deVita has been launched (and it's quite a viewing, clocking in at over 24 minutes).  Watch the installment above and don't forget to check out the entire series on the Vice website.

In conjunction with the end of this wonderful, five-part film, Kings Ave Tattoo and Vice will be hosting an art show/sale on January 11-13th.

(Via the @kingsavetattoo Instagram account):

Thom's one of a kind creative rubbings from tattoo stencils, art boxes, signed books, and more will be available for purchase.  The legendary artist himself will also be present to talk about his art and Scott Harrison will be tattooing deVita inspired tattoos Saturday and Sunday [...] Chris O'Donnell, Timothy Hoyer and [Mike] Rubendall himself will be present and working in the city alongside the everyday crew.

Kings Ave Tattoo is located at 188 Bowery at the corner of Spring St. (on the second floor) in NYC. We'll see you there!
Dec201206
12:37 PM


You know who likes John Coltrane? People who don't like jazz.

While I disagree with that statement 100%, I'm still loving the Vice Tattoo Age series on (the steadfastly opinionated) Thom deVita.  Check out part 3 above or click here to view it on YouTube.
Nov201201
01:33 PM


Breaking from their usual (but excellent) short-form, Vice's "Tattoo Age" series will be doing a five-part series on Thom deVita, who began tattooing during the "illegal era" of NYC ink in the 1960s.

The series of "inter-visits" (Thom doesn't do "interviews") debuts on November 21st on the Tattoo Age website.
Oct201217
07:40 PM


I've been looking forward to Wednesdays for each new episode of Vice's Tattoo Age video series. With all the reality TV shows, I consider it a tattoo cleanse. The episode that dropped today is Part 2 of the three-part feature on Mutsuo of Three Tides Tattoo.

You gotta see it, but I'll tell you my personal highlights. First, what Tattoo Age has been doing is showing not just telling you about the artists featured, through their personal interactions and filming how they usually live day-to-day. It opens with a sweet interaction between Mutsuo and a woman who works at a noodle shop he's eating at. It's very telling about the artists' personality. Of course, you do have his friends (and colleagues) like Masa, who owns the shop, and Chris Garver, who does regular guest spots, talking highly about Mustuo. And revealing stories of drunken nights. It's all fun. But there's also a lesson about how one becomes a renowned tattooist. In Mutsuo's case, it's not just about dedication but the education he received from those talented artists around him like Horitomo, and guests from around the world including Garver, Chris Trevino, Adrian Lee, and Grime. It explains why his portfolio is so incredibly diverse.

Mutsuo joined Three Tides in 1999. There's an interesting discussion about the evolution of the shop itself, which Garver says will go down in history as one of those "legendary shops." He further explains how Three Tides was the first "Western-style shop" in Osaka, with the goal of becoming like the best shops in America.

Perhaps, the greatest highlight for me was seeing footage of the 1999 Tokyo convention. Damn, everyone looked so young! The convention is discussed as a turning point of tattoo culture in Japan when the art became open to different artistic styles.

Like the other episodes. It's a must see.

If you missed Part 1, check it here.
Sep201219
01:59 PM
valerie_vargas_tattoo.jpgOnline today is Part 2 of the fabulous Tattoo Age video series featuring Valerie Vargas of Frith Street Tattoo.  In this episode, a great deal of the footage discusses the studio itself and its owner, Dante DiMassa. Dante talks about encouraging the young artists who work there, including Valerie whose own "pretty lady head" style developed at Frith.

Valerie became known for her particular twist on Traditional and Neotraditional work
early on in her career. You'll see, when she goes through her portfolio on camera, that her earlier book isn't filled with a lot of the other genres. This focus has allowed her to hone her style and further her reputation. Currently, she has about a three-month waiting list. As in all the Tattoo Age episodes, there are lots of photos of art, the shop, and those personal shots that tell a lot of the tattooist.

As mentioned in our post on Part 1 on Valerie, she'll also be working the London Tattoo Convention, Sept. 28-30, and then in California at the 8th Annual Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts, Oct. 26-28.

For more Tattoo Age goodness, check the bonus short film Vice posted over the weekend.
 
Sep201212
12:15 PM
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Last week, we posted the trailer to the highly anticipated second season of Tattoo Age, Vice.com's video series profiling stellar tattooists around the globe.

The premier episode of season 2 is now online and features Valerie Vargas of Frith Street Tattoo in London. Valerie is renowned for doing "the prettiest lady heads in the world" -- strong pieces in which each tattooed lady has her own mood, expression and personality but are nevertheless distinct as a Valerie Vargas tattoo. In this episode, Valerie discusses how she came to tattooing and then Frith Street; how drawing with her mother as a child left a lasting impression; and how she and her boyfriend Stewart Robson are able to tattoo side-by-side at the studio without killing each other.

Tattoo Age keeps to the winning formulas of its first season: let the work speak for itself and reveal the artists the way they are in their daily lives without scripts or drama. Because the artists are so good at what they do and have their own interesting stories, there's no need to create them.

I'm looking forward to seeing the next two installments on Valerie. Vice rolls out a new episode every Wednesday.

As noted on her website, Valerie is not taking any new clients but if she has any cancellations, she lets her followers know on Twitter and then it's first come first serve for appointments. Valerie will be at the London Tattoo Convention, Sept. 28-30, and then in California at the 8th Annual Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts, Oct. 26-28.


Nov201123
12:48 PM

The folks at Vice TV are offering one last piece of Tattoo Age goodness with this bonus video from their Freddy Corbin profile. [See Part I, Part II, and Part III.]

In this wonderful footage, you'll find Freddy's return to Varanasi, India in January 2010 where he tattooed local people there for free in a small temple on the Ganges River. He explains that he returned for "good juju" with the birth of his son. I particularly love the photos of smiling faces from those who received one of the seven religious symbols Freddy drew up. While the whole video is touching, the story of Freddy tattooing a deaf boy who couldn't speak is especially moving. Once again, I highly recommend it.

Another treat from Vice is their Dan Santoro print giveaway, which we posted last week, asking y'all to comment on the Needles & Sins Syndicate FB page or by Tweeting at us to win. Randomized.com picked four winners, and a screen cap of that pick can be found on Facebook.

I'm really hoping the series gets picked up for a second season. I'll be following @Tattoo_Age on Twitter for updates.
Nov201116
09:12 PM


As all good things must come to an end, Vice TV's Tattoo Age has posted its final video of its stellar series, which offers a truly real look into the lives of renowned tattooists. And as we expected, Part 3 of the Freddy Corbin profile keeps to its high standards.

This raw and intimate episode begins with personal footage of a 24-yr-old Freddy jumping out of an airplane with friends, who happen to be tattoo greats themselves:  Eddy Deutsche, Guy Aitchison and Igor Mortis. The video then jumps to Freddy today reminiscing on those early years in his career. When he's telling stories about working at Ed Hardy's Realistic Tattoo then Tattoo City, there's wonderful film from that time (in the early to mid 90s) woven through the narrative. He reveals that the pressure of performing at these exceptional studios was a factor in his "shit storm" of drug use. The accessibility of drugs when he lived in the Red Light District of Amsterdam didn't help either. Being "strung out," he was fired from Tattoo City and rumors swirled through the tattoo community as to Freddy's future.

But he did get his life together, crediting his close friend Vinny and his wife Lisa. Indeed, his family life is a big part of his profile and there's gorgeous film of them playing with their son Sonny. His spiritual side is also a large focus of the latter half of the video, and again, there are some fascinating images accompanying his travel tales,
from his trips to India to Burning Man.

Moving from the dark to light in his personal journey, this feature on Freddy Corbin is inspiring and the perfect way to bring the series to a close.

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To celebrate the success of Tattoo Age,
we're giving away this Dan Santoro print. Just leave a comment on this post in the Needles & Sins Syndicate FB page or Tweet us and we'll chose the winner next Wednesday via Randomized.com. Good Luck!

Nov201109
11:37 AM


While we've learned a great deal about the stellar artists featured in the Vice TV series Tattoo Age, the latest video, Part 2 of the Freddy Corbin profile, goes even further and offers a modern tattoo history lesson as Freddy muses on his start in tattooing over 27 years ago and the greats who have guided him.

Weaving old photos and archival video from Michael O. Stearns' tattoo documentaries from the 90s, the episode charts Freedy's life from his first tattoo at Lyle Tuttle's old San Francisco studio (which he paid for with a $75 tax return), to how he got Erno Szabady to give him his first shot, to that fateful call at 9am when Ed Hardy asked him to come work at his Realistic Tattoo studio. Along the way, Freddy tells stories about how he learned history from Sunny Tufts, how Henry Goldfield was a great mentor artistically and technically, and how he was inspired working alongside Dan Higgs and Greg Kulz.

Once again, another must see.

If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. See Freddy's work on TempleTattoo.com.

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Tattoo Age has a contest where you can win this Dan Santoro print. Details on Twitter.
Nov201102
02:41 PM


With today being the celebration of the Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos), it seems fitting that the artist who popularized its Sugar Skull tradition in tattoo art is now featured in the Vice TV series Tattoo Age.

Here's Part 1 of the Freddy Corbin profile.

Owner of Temple Tattoo and Tattoo 13, both in Oakland, CA, Freddy earned his reputation for more than just religious iconography, but he does discuss his passion for it (particularly black & gray Chicano style) in this video, which charts his career from rising star in the late eighties to a veteran revered by new generations of tattooers as well as his contemporaries.

Freddy is also known as a "fuckin cool dude," and there's plenty of footage of fellow tattooers like Tim Hendricks and Jason Mcaffee attesting to it. But you can easily gleen that from the interviews with Freddy alone. See for yourself on Vice TV or YouTube.
Oct201126
06:34 PM


In the last of their "Tattoo Age" series, Vice TV profiles the legendary Freddy Corbin.

Tattooing since 1987, Freddy is particularly renowned for his black & gray work. Over the years, he honed his craft working alongside artists like Ed Hardy, Eddie Deusthe, Dan Higgs, Hanky Panky and Filip Leu. In 1998, he opened Temple Tattoo (and later Tattoo13) in Oakland, where you can find him today. Vice TV delves into the artist's career as well as his personal trials and triumphs. Their release best describes this teaser: 

In the series trailer, Freddy takes us to an impromptu Chinese-style tea ceremony to meet one of his spiritual friends, and sets the tone for the rest of his series - filled with anecdotes of religious experiences and musings about getting clean after years of drug use.
I'm particularly looking forward to this 3-part feature, which begins next Wednesday. We'll be sure to post each episode.
Oct201119
01:13 PM



The third and final episode of the "Tattoo Age" profile on Mike Rubendall of Kings Avenue is now online, and like the rest of the Vice TV video series, it is an intimate and interesting look into the personal and professional life of this master tattooer.

The video begins with a discussion of his art collection, which includes never before published prints by Horiyoshi III, and is followed by footage of another passion of Mike's:  boxing. Then, the Vice crew flies out to Denmark to interview Henning Jorgensen of Royal Tattoo, a good friend and also a big influence on Mike's work. But the most fun for me was watching the whole Rubendall family playing around in their backyard, presenting the softer, family man side of the intensely driven artist.

And of course, there are great tattoo and fine art images. It all perfectly rounds out a this must-see three-part series. Check Part 1 and Part 2 as well.

Vice is offering prints by Mike as well as other "Tattoo Age" merchandise. Just follow them on Twitter and look out for their contests.
Oct201112
12:38 PM


Today we get another outstanding installment from the Vice TV "Tattoo Age" series on Mike Rubendall.  There's a heavy focus on the car-washing, flash-tracing and hog-tying of Rubendall's apprenticeship under Frank Romano of DaVinci Tattoo - but we also get some interesting insight to the effect that Switzerland's Filip Leu had on Rubendall's design and technique.

No Steve Gutenberg this time around, but a great 12 minutes of your time, nonetheless.
Oct201105
11:50 AM


Vice TV continues kicking ass with it's Tattoo Age series by profiling my main man, Mike Rubendall of Kings Avenue (and, yes, the first still they display is of my fu-moobs).  We've sung Rubendall's praises before on this blog, but now we get a chance to hear from his peers and co-workers, including Grez, Chris O'Donnell, Frank Romano, Justin Weatherholtz and Matt Beckerich, et al.

Oh, yeah... Steve Guttenberg also makes an appearance.  For serious.  Steve.  Friggen.  Guttenberg.

Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3 and you can read my accounts of getting tattooed by Rube here and here.
Sep201121
03:48 PM


The final installment of Vice TV's Tattoo Age profile on Troy Denning is now up and horrifying vegans across the Internet. It begins with Troy "putting crabs to sleep" in preparation of a BBQ he's hosting, with many of NY's tattooratti in attendance. You'll also see him rocking out at Karaoke and mocking the "Engrish" of his Japanese friends, who in turn, mock his Japanese language skills. 

But amidst all the carousing video and catchy soundbits, there's serious discussion on Troy's work. For example, he explains that his favorite Japanese-influenced tattoos have been those that were rendered more flat and readable, without a lot of "bells and whistles." There's also talk of the Japanese mythology that figures so heavily in Troy's large compositions. 

As I've said before, I'm liking how Vice TV is approaching these videos by having fun footage where the artists' personalities shine, but also some substance when it comes to tattoos.

In case you missed them, here's Part I and Part II of the Troy Trilogy.
Sep201115
12:05 PM

We're hooked on Vice TV's Tattoo Age series for its fun and fascinating look into the art and personal lives of tattooists. We're particularly loving the videos on Troy Denning -- a made-for-TV character with a portfolio to justify the airtime. 

As with the Dan Santoro & Grime, Troy's profile is in three parts. We lauded Part I here and Part II [video above] is equally compelling.

This video starts off with footage of Troy & Jeb Maykut making bank by stumbling into the Cash Cab in NYC. It establishes Troy's smarts but goes on to discuss how the artist is self-taught in many facets of his life. There are also photos of him as a child, then as a punk rocker, and then images of his early days tattooing as the narrative follows his path from a kid who drew those cartoons from the TV Guide to a sought-after tattooist. As with all of Vice TV videos, we highly recommend watching it.
Aug201124
03:09 PM


Got one more excellent tattoo artist video profile for you today:
Part III of the Tattoo Age feature on Grime of Skull & Sword in San Francisco.
Check Part I here and Part II here. Enjoy!
Aug201116
01:19 PM
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Just back from vacation and catching up on the tattoo goodness I missed while helping the Greek economy with my food and bar tabs.

One such piece of goodness is the latest in Vice's VBS.TV series "Tattoo Age," which profiles renowned tattooers without any stomach-churning faux drama. Last month, the show featured Dan Santoro. Now August's three-part close-up is on the inimitable tattoo, graffiti and fine artist Grime of Skull & Sword in San Francisco.

Part 1 of Grime's profile focuses on his "tweeked out" portfolio, with plenty of tattoo images interspersed between commentary from the Skull & Sword crew as well as Saved Tattoo's Chris O'Donnell and Civ of Lotus Tattoo. In the video, Grime discusses how he approaches his work so that it "doesn't look like anyone else's" (otherwise, why would clients go to him, he says). Chris adds that he believes Grime came onto the tattoo scene "angry at the status quo" and wanting to change things up; while Civ talks about how Grime's burn accident as a kid shaped his intense drive to continually challenge himself. Watch the episode below.




At midnight, Vice will air Part 2, a more intimate view of the artist. I got a sneak peek and enjoyed watching Grime riffle through his old drawings and stencils, and show of his custom skate deck collection. Of course, there's plenty of tattoo talk, especially on his artistic influences like Marcus Pacheco of Primal Urge in Oakland. Also well worth the watch.

UPDATE:  Here's the direct link to Part 2 of the Grime series.

Following Grime's profile is Troy Denning, Mike Rubendall, and Freddy Corbin. Will post links to those videos when they're up.
Jul201127
12:10 PM

Two weeks ago, we posted the first episode of Vice TV's "Tattoo Age," a series that looks at the work and personal lives of tattooists without the love triangles, dead dogs, and televised colonics. 

The first artist featured is Dan Santoro of Smith Street Tattoo, who is followed in a three-part video, which offers close-ups into his tattooing, but also looks into his other passions like antiquing and taxidermy, and his record store, Black Gold Records. This video above, Part III, focuses heavily on his life outside of tattooing and highlights his amazing collection of Americana and "cultural vomit" that inform his artwork.

If you missed the previous episodes:  here are Part I and Part II.  The next episode, featuring Grime, will go live on Vice TV on August 3rd.
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